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Official Competition EurAsia
The last competition before Christmas
For the third time, Black Nights is proud to present the EurAsia competition programme. It gives an overview of what is new in cinema, as all of the films (except for one) are from this year. The majority of the films lost their festival virginity this year, but they still encapsulate the most outstanding current trends in film. The main programme intentionally omits the A-level festival grand prix winners and films that became very popular during the year - they are screened in other BNFF programmes.
The competition programme provides an overview of various currents in film-making. Here we have poignant social realism, unchecked surrealistic fantasy, haunting psychological analysis, science fiction, parables and black humour. There are films which give good actors a chance to shine and there are films in which youth collides with the adult world.
This year we tried to select films that experiment and attempt to push back the boundaries of cinematic art. And so our films this year range from conventional narrative form to effervescent fantasy games; there are films ā la Alfred Jarry, films that aspire to edify, and a nuanced Oriental sensibility on life. For the first time, an animated film is competing against the others, a trend that a number of leading festivals have adopted.
Geographically, Scandinavia is strongly represented. Several films were made in collaboration with France. As for Asia, traditional film powers such as China, Japan and Iran are represented. For the first time, films from the Philippines, Thailand and Turkey are competing. It is a great pleasure to see that a Lithuanian and Estonian film are in the competition programme, given the modest film output of the Baltic States.
World geography is visualised through the eye of the artist.
Jaan Ruus, Competition Programme Coordinator
BIG BANG LOVE: JUVENILE A / 46 OKU NEN NO KOI - Takashi Miike (Japan)
CLIMATES / IKLIMER - Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
DARKBLUEALMOSTBLACK / AZULOSCUROCASINEGRO - Daniel Sánchez Arévalo (Spain)
FAMILY FRIEND / LAMICO DI FAMIGLIA - Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)
LITTLE RED FLOWERS / KANSHENGQU HEN MEI - Zhang Yuan (China)
MEN AT WORK / KARGARAN MASHGHOULE KARAND - Mani Haghighi (Iran)
MINDLESS / MEELETU - Elmo Nüganen (Estonia)
PLAYING THE VICTIM / IZOBRAZHAJA ZHERTVU - Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)
PRINCESS - Anders Morgenthaler (Denmark)
MAN EXPOSED / RIISUTTU MIES - Aku Louhimies (Finland)
PRIVATE PROPERTY / NUE PROPRIETE - Joachim Lafosse (Belgium/France)
REQUIEM - Hans-Christian Schmid (Germany)
RETRIEVAL / Z OZYSKU - Sławomir Fabicki (Poland)
SONS / SØNNER - Eric Richter Strand (Norway)
SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY / SANG SATTAWAT - Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand/France/Austria)
TAXIDERMIA - György Pálfi (Hungary/Austria/France)
THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS / ANG PAGDADALAGA NI MAXIMO OLIVEROS - Auraeus Solito (The Philippines)
TO GET TO HEAVEN FIRST YOU HAVE TO DIE / BIHISHT FAQAT BAROI MURDAGON - Djamshed Usmonov (France/Tajikistan/Russia/Germany/Switzerland)
WAITER / OBER - Alex van Warmerdam (The Netherlands)
YOU AM I / A ESI TU - Kristijonas Vildziunas (Lithuania/Germany)